INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House honored retiring Superintendent Tony Lux of the Merrillville Community School Corp. Monday, unanimously adopting a resolution thanking Lux for his "years of dedicated service to the children of our state."
Lux stood at the front of the House chamber beside state Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary, whose district includes Merrillville, as Smith told lawmakers of Lux's achievements: 29 years at Merrillville, including 19 as superintendent; consistent improvement in student test scores; and a superior example that diverse schools can be successful.
"If you want to have a model of best practices, I assert to you that you need to look at what the Merrillville school corporation is doing," Smith said.
In a brief address to lawmakers, Lux explained how Merrillville uses the "three R's: rigor, relevance and relationships" to guide teaching and learning.
He also defended traditional public schools to a body enamored with charter schools and private school vouchers.
"Every year we have public schools demonstrate their successes," Lux said. "I urge you to support public tax dollars for public education."
Lux announced in January he would retire June 30. Assistant Superintendent Mark Sperling, who also attended Monday's ceremony, will replace him.